Brad Pitt was attacked and struck in the face as he signed autographs at the Hollywood premiere of “Maleficent,” a film starring his partner Angelina Jolie, on Wednesday by a prankster who has been involved in several other red-carpet controversies.
Vitalii Sediuk, a 25-year-old man, jumped a barricade at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and allegedly attacked the actor, media reports said, citing the Los Angeles Police Department, or LAPD. The attacker was reportedly booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and was being held against a $20,000 bail. The Golden Globe-winning actor was not seriously hurt in the incident.
"The officers who were handling him said it looked like it was intentional, but at this point, it remains to be determined," Sgt. Leonard Calderon for LAPD Hollywood, told Reuters.
Sediuk, a Ukrainian television reporter, had also attempted to crawl under the gown of actress America Ferrera on May 16 at the Cannes Film Festival. Ferrera was at the festival to promote her film, "How to Train a Dragon 2," when she turned around on the red carpet to find a security team dragging the man away from her dress.
In January, Sediuk found his way to where Bradley Cooper was at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and wrapped his arms against the “American Hustle” actor’s legs.
His list of pranks also includes an appearance on stage at the Grammy Awards in February 2013, where he nearly ruined Adele’s acceptance speech for solo pop performer, a stunt that reportedly landed him in jail for a night.
Sediuk was also reportedly slapped by Will Smith after he kissed the actor at the Moscow premiere of “Men in Black 3” in May 2012.